Anthony Luciano, Jan. 2, 1938 - March 31, 2012

Barber shop owner was awarded Silver Star for service in WWII

Chester C. Logan died Friday, March 30, 2012. He was 97. Mr. Logan owned West Side Barber Shop, at the intersection of Garth Avenue and West Broadway, for almost 40 years. 

Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Steven Sapp to retire in June

Sapp will retire at age 53, after 22 years with the department. He said he's not sure what his next move will be, but is looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren.

Veteran Anthony James Luciano dies at 74

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino crashes motorcycle

Petrino lost control of his bike, veering off a two-lane highway in northern Arkansas on Sunday night. He was taken to a hospital, but a statement released by University of Arkansas said he was in "stable condition."

FROM READERS: A very rare March sighting

John Hall shares photographs of flowers and birds seen around Columbia in late March.

Frances Sackman, Oct. 18, 1912 — March 29, 2012, of Columbia

UPDATE: Deadly bat fungus in Missouri, farthest west yet

A deadly fungus found on bats in Missouri can lead to an ecological imbalance resulting in an exponentially larger population of crop pests.

7 dead, 3 wounded in Oakland university shooting

Police detained a person earlier Monday believed to be responsible in the shooting at Oikos University, but haven't released the suspect's identity or information about a possible motive.

3 cases of deadly bat fungus in Missouri

White nose syndrome has killed more than 5 million bats in 16 states and Canada.

Cardinals teammates play April Fools' prank on Adam Wainwright

Teammates made it seem as though a fan had won Adam Wainwright's truck during a spring training game.

Missouri House backs tax credit for business startup investors

The measure would create a 50 percent tax credit for people who invest up to $100,000 in young companies. It would set a statewide maximum of $6 million to be awarded annually in each of the next 10 years.

Fulton man killed by officers after report of shots fired

Officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Timothy Simpson, 34, pointed the gun at himself and then toward officers before they shot and killed him. Simpson's cousin disputes that report.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Base closure talks needed to get serious about deficit control

Political maneuvering needs to take a backseat to making tough decisions about deficit control and military base closures.

Missouri senator pushes for business tax cut, deduction

The bill proposes cutting the state's corporate income tax in half over five years and allowing individuals to deduct business income from their personal taxes.

Passenger treatment on airplanes is slowly improving

Private researchers have determined that despite new fees and fare increases, air travel is getting better for commercial passengers.

Rising gas prices have not slowed Midwest economy

A Creighton University economist said it would take a significantly higher increase in oil prices or a world catastrophe to seriously harm growth in the region.

Columbia College sweeps doubleheader at Hannibal-LaGrange

The Cougars beat the Trojans 9-0 in five innings and 9-1 in six innings to improve to 13-13 overall and 2-2 in the AMC.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri by the numbers: A state in trouble

The low-tax Show-Me state hasn't brought the type of prosperity legislators typically look for, leaving education and public health facing deep cuts.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's pitch perfect that Voter ID measure tossed as fraud

Complicated language cannot hide that the measure is meant to stifle potential opposition voters.